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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Lake Tahoe and Truckee green businesses and environmentalists.

Tahoe’s Wind Powered Ski Resorts

Running a ski resort takes a lot of energy. Lifts, snow making, lights, etc. Just so we can have fun and be comfortable.

But electricity causes pollution, right? Not if you tap into the wind like some of our ski resorts. read more →

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Savoring the Moment with Slow Food Lake Tahoe

Local FoodiesSo what is Slow Food?

According to Slow Food USA, it’s “an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.”

With values like that, it’s no surprise we have a chapter based in Truckee.

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Elevated Fitness is First Carbon-neutral Gym in the U.S.

Elevated Fitness in South Lake Tahoe, California, creates electricity through human power. From their spin bikes to their water-rowers, all of Elevated Fitness’ cardio equipment use small generators and inverters that capture the human energy and convert it to usable electricity that is delivered back to the grid. Because they generate more power than they consume, Elevated Fitness becomes only the third carbon-neutral gym on the entire planet, and the only one in the United States.

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What’s Green About That? by Bret Hackett

Green Tahoe LEED Gold Home by Bret HackettHis attention to detail and endless pursuit of knowledge to protect the things he loves are well known by everyone who has had the pleasure to ski, bike, kayak or climb with him.

Following family and friends, Bret’s passions include protecting the playground he enjoys daily by practicing what he preaches, and through his new green business, Healthy Home Consultants.

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Bear Boxes with Art & Soul by Bob

bearboxes-by-bob Bob had a great idea.

Growing up in Kings Beach you see, Bob always shared something in common with his neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Bear.

Trash.

Yes, Bob loves trash.

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Did you know…We have One of the ‘Greenest’ Buildings in the World?

That’s right.

Located in Incline Village, the U.C. Davis Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences building has received a Platinum LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

What a perfect tribute to our preservation efforts.

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Green Holidays Presentation Dec 12 at LTCC

Please join Rose on Wednesday, December 12th from 6pm to 8pm for a hands on presentation to create a more sustainable holiday.  The interactive presentation will cover a variety of topics related to how to, and why we can make a positive impact on our local communities.
This event will cover definitions related to sustainability, how conventional consumerism impacts people, economies and communities, how to “Green” our holidays, travel, resourcing and more.
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A New Moon for more than 30 Years

Talk about a Tahoe classic featuring locally made products.

New Moon Natural Foods has been open in Tahoe City for 30 years. Wow!

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Fair Trade Coffee Break at Gaia Licious May 12

Get a cup of Fair Trade coffee (or tea) and join other conscious locals and coffee drinkers around the globe to celebrate World Fair Trade Day with the Fair Trade Coffee Break on May  12th at Gaia Licious in South Lake Tahoe from 9:30am to noon.

Local artist, Gina Stowell, will be creating Henna and Glitter Tattoos by donation. And, bring your drum to join the circle of vibration.

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Truckee Donner Land Trust wins Sunset Magazine’s 2012 Environmental Award

Sunset magazine has named the Truckee Donner Land Trust as one of their 2012 Environmental Award winners. Independence Lake won in the category of best lake or lakeshore preservation. As an award winner, the Land Trust joins the ranks of the most creative and effective environmental organizations in the West. read more →

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3rd Annual Seed Swap March 3

Have you ever been to a Seed Swap?  Bring your own seeds to swap or find rare, locally grown Heirloom varieties during the 3rd Annual Seed Swap in Minden on March 3 from 10am to 3pm. Hungry Mothers Organics seeds for flowers, heirloom vegetables, trees, and shrubs been proven to grow in the Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe.

If you don’t have your own seeds, that’s ok. Hungry Mothers Organics only asks for a small donation.

 

 

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Drive a Hybrid to Sierra-at-Tahoe and get FREE Rock Star Parking!

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Now there’s another reason to buy a hybrid besides helping Mother Earth.

Free Preferred Parking at Sierra-at-Tahoe.

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Passionate about Pollination by Julie Brown of Moonshine Ink

Passionate about Pollination
by Julie Brown, Moonshine Ink

This story is reprinted from the October 2011 issue of Moonshine Ink.

Kevin Drake is not a beekeeper. But he is all about pollination.

Under the umbrella of Kings Beach Common Grounds, Drake has partnered with the Kings Beach Family Resource Center and other Kings Beach community members and leaders to create a community garden and plant flowers that will attract native pollinators.

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Solar Home Tour in South Lake Tahoe Oct 1

Here’s your chance to check 0ut homes in South Lake Tahoe that have incorporated solar electricity, hot water and heating systems.

The free annual Solar Home Tour in South Lake Tahoe presented by Tahoe Solar Designs takes place Saturday, October 1st, from 10am to 1pm.

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Mixed-Greens, A Sustainable Business Mixer September 14

Mixed-Greens is a business and industries mixer that focuses on local and regional sustainable business promotion and connection.

The sustainable event taking place September 14th in Sparks, NV will feature local, organic, and sustainable foods, host an array of featured green businesses and non-profits, and include live music and a mixed-materials green fashion show.

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South Shore print shop on fast track to going Green

daisy.JPGThis print shop has been a staple on South Shore for 23 years.

And, it’s owner is quickly becoming one of our newest green entrepreneurs.

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2010 TRPA Best in the Basin Awards

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) 2010 Best in the Basin Awards recognize projects demonstrating exceptional planning, design, and compatibility with the Lake Tahoe environment.

It’s the 21st year for these coveted awards that showcase local community efforts to protect and restore our fragile watershed.  The before and after transformations are truly impressive.

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Eco-Champion David Hansen saves Embassy Suites $330K in Energy Bills – So Far!

David HansenHe cut his teeth with Robert Redford building the award-winning eco-friendly Spa at Sundance Resort in Utah in 2001.

Meet David Hansen, Director of Engineering at Embassy Suites Resort in South Lake Tahoe.

At Sundance, Hansen and his “green” team were given creative license to build a spa that would reflect Redford’s life long stewardship practices and merge nature into the overall sustainable design.  Sharing the same philosophies, Hansen and Redford made the perfect team.

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California Tahoe Conservancy Celebrates 25 Years Sept 16 at Commons Beach

The California Tahoe Conservancy will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Thursday, September 16, with a party that fittingly takes place on the shores of the very lake it works so hard to preserve, protect and enhance. Commons Beach in Tahoe City.

Here’s an interesting note. A few of the Conservancy Board members have been with the agency since day one, illustrative of how much they love this place we call home.

Congratulations CTC.  Check out the new Lake Tahoe license plate at the event too. read more →

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Shaw Family Farm’s Feast in the Field benefits Slow Food Lake August 21

Celebrate locally grown food and community spirit at the Shaw Family Farm’s Feast in the Field dinner on Saturday, August 21 in Truckee.

A portion of the proceeds will go to support Slow Food Lake Tahoe’s nutritional education outreach program for children.

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Kids Go Green @ Gaia Licious

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Green Onesies and Twosies now available.

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Mountain Culture captured in Green Business

These guys define our mountain spirit.

Young, conscious and entrepreneurial. read more →

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Tahoe GreenFEST July 10-11

tahoegreenfest_logoThe 2nd annual Tahoe GreenFEST with 60 exhibitors promotes green living practices will take place July 10-11, 2010 at Kings Beach.

Celebrate sustainable living with live music, local and organic foods, beer and wine tasting, and activities for the whole family.

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Help Compost Tahoe win the Beat Waste Startup Challenge

A group of local eco-entrepreneurs is on a mission. To establish a permanent food waste collection service for the entire Lake Tahoe region, and convert it into valuable compost.

To fulfill this dream, Compost Tahoe needs funding and has entered the Beat Waste Startup Challenge.

Help bring a year-round compost program to Lake Tahoe. Vote now.

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Eco-Friendly Hot Tub Treatment by Jane Weeks of Truckee

ahhnatural underwaterAs people become more aware of the health hazards associated with soaking in and breathing in harsh hot tub chemicals, and the environmental hazards associated with releasing chemically treated spa water into the environment, they have begun to seek out “green” alternatives to protect their health and the planet.

Truckee resident and entrepreneur, Jane Weeks, is helping people take these crucial steps by developing, manufacturing and selling a completely non-toxic hot tub treatment.

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Green Hotel uses old Tahoe Gardening Practices

green1.jpgThe Cedar House Sport Hotel located in Truckee is a leader in the hotel industry for integrating green building practices into its overall design and guest services.

And, its gardens borrow some early ingenuity from an old Tahoe classic, Vikingsholm.

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Earth Day celebration on MS Dixie for local schoolkids April 22

Lake Tahoe Cruises & Zephyr Cove Resort is providing a free cruise on the MS Dixie and Earth Day activities to local school children on Earth Day, April 22, 2009.

Sorry, the cruise is totally booked, but there are lots of other cruises running daily to get you on the lake.

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Want to be a Green Builder? Classes begin April 24-25.

SiGBA is proud to announce its first Certified Green Building Professional training class to be held April 24-25 in Truckee.

SIGBA is partnering with Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe (CATT) and Build-it Green to provide local contractors with the opportunity to develop their qualifications and credibility as green building professionals.

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Local Green Builders & Product Guide by SIGBA

cedar2.jpgIt’s becoming more affordable and easy to build green and live green.

We have some of the most innovative green building designers, builders, renovators and providers of sustainable and green living products.

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Eco-Friendly hotel comes to South Shore

Finally.

South Shore has started to evolve into the Green World, with its first custom-built green hotel.

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Organic Wine Fusion @ Blue Angel Aug 19

It’s a mouthful.

Organic and Biodynamic wine tasting and sustainable fare.

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